Don't forget to reflect

Of the five stages of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD)–Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage–the most difficult stage to follow through is Reflect.

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Don't judge hastily.

Recent threads (personal and professional experience, outside learnings through reading and listening to podcast) converged to teach me a lesson in patience.

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Control the input, not the output (from Nir Eyal's book, )

It’s been a while since I posted! Some life update: I left the US as the visa situation ultimately didn’t resolve (well, a slim chance still as there always has been), and now in Korea working on a few projects of my own. I’ll keep you posted! But for the most part, I feel very driven and fulfilled.

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To thrive, abide by, rather than to strive.

I heard a great sermon the other day. Being a pastor at a church in San Francisco, the pastor’s main message was that rather than striving alone for whatever things we set out to achieve for ourselves, we should all invite God into our lives, wherever space we go that we are proud to invite him (another great lesson here: don’t go to spaces that you aren’t proud to or can’t invite God into, which becomes a strong moral compass similar to “don’t do things you aren’t proud to tell your grandmother”), and abide by what he has in plans for us.

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Get out to get back in.

Sometimes, we walk in to an environment, knowing that in the long term that’s not where we want to be. This won’t lead to our endgame.

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Not about you.

It’s not about you all the time. People don’t really care at all about others. At least, not as much as you think they would.

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Let one thing go to gain another

You cannot hold onto everything. That would be nice, but you can’t. And in fact, even if you can hold onto everything you want, it will be less meaningful as you lift the constraints that life put on us. Constraints make us choose things we want to hold onto more wisely and carefully.

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Feedback as a blessing.

Lately, I’ve had some interesting experiences with feedback, learning about being on the delivering end and then on the receiving end.

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Keys to happy relationships

  1. Lower your expectations. Rather, be the person you want in your life first.
  2. You get what you put in. Actively invest in the relationships you want to build, grow, and maintain.
  3. You won’t get along with everyone and that’s fine. But, don’t be haste to judge. Problem may be you, or may just be the circumstances.
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All you sure it's all you?

As I was writing down some lessons learned in the past year, I felt overwhelming gratitude towards a certain group of people that taught me these invaluable lessons.

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Listen to yourself

Instead of blindly chasing what others are doing that seem “cool” and feeling anxious to never miss out on anything, take the time to be alone.

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No Entitlement

This morning, I caught myself getting salty over something that I should be grateful for in reality.

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Just get started.

Scratch it. Scratch everything I said in the preface. (I’ll leave it there to remind me of the learning.)

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